U.S. lawmakers ask for security check on Chinese battery maker Gotion

The governors of Michigan and Illinois have revealed plans for Gotion to establish electric vehicle (EV) plants in their states, promising thousands of jobs. However, Republican Senator Marco Rubio and GOP representatives from these states have expressed concerns about Gotion’s ties to China’s Communist Party. They have urged the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) to review these connections.

The lawmakers emphasized that despite Germany’s Volkswagen AG being a major shareholder of Gotion’s parent company, Gotion High-Tech, China maintained effective control through various individual shareholders, including the company’s founder and his son, who are members of CCP organizations.

Most top shareholders of Gotion High-Tech are linked to Chinese government entities, and the company’s bylaws commit to implementing the major strategic decisions of the party.

Given President Joe Biden’s recognition of electric vehicles and batteries as critical parts of transportation infrastructure, the lawmakers stressed the necessity of triggering a review and potentially divesting Gotion High-Tech, particularly if CCP control is confirmed.

They underlined the importance of not allowing the CCP to control facilities that produce batteries critical for the U.S., especially with significant taxpayer-funded subsidies.

The concerns are part of wider scrutiny regarding the influence of Chinese entities in the U.S. EV and battery industry, with inquiries extending to companies like Tesla and Ford Motor.

By QUATRO Strategies International Inc.

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